Above (left to right, top to bottom): Spices at the local bazaar, lamacun and cigkofte at the local “fast food” joint. Turkish bread (Ekmek) baked fresh every morning. Sour green plums and blackberries picked fresh from the neighborhood fruit trees (sweet, fresh and organic!). Chewy Turkish ice cream (dondurma) stand, and locals enjoying breakfast at the corner bakery (Komsufurin).
Above: Treats and breads at the local bakery, traditional Turkish breakfast with filled pastry (borek), veggies, olives, and cheese. Doner man, with spinning meat stand- served thinly sliced with bread. Turkish fresh corn stand- heated in small pots, mixed with your choice of spices and served with the tiniest spoon possible. Tea service man on ferryboat- these guys are serious about their tea!
Above: Bright green pistachio baklava- so many variations to choose from! Desert selections and Turkish ravioli (manti) with yogurt sauce and chili oil. Turkish rice pudding (sutlac), and chicken and rice dish encased in pastry leaves. Various other delicious pastries from the dessert shop (they’re everywhere!).
Above: Chocolate fountain stand at Via/PORT shopping center, complete with hundreds of shops, restaurants, and even a small amusement park. Turkish desserts: Blueberry cream cake, and wheat berry pudding (azure– said to be a an aphrodisiac).
A week left to go, stay tuned for more deliciousness from Istanbul, Turkey!